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it would lead to his downfall. but tonight, his reputation is solid, the fbi is under scrutiny and agents have descended on broadwell's home to gather more material. material broadwell is now willingly providing them in this increasingly strange scandal. the affair first came to light this summer as part of an fbi investigation prompted by a complaint from this woman, jill kelly, a private citizen and military supporter who had befriended petraeus and his wife holly. kelly received harassing e-mails from an anonymous account and took them to a friend at the fbi in may or june. the bureau obtained a court order and electronically traced the accounts to petraeus' biographer. broadwell eventually turned her computer over to the fbi. they were stunned to discover hundreds if not thousands of e-mails some salacious between petraeus and broadwell. >> and the fbi, that's why they call it a preliminary investigation, and realized they had general petraeus caught up in this in some form or fashion and that really caused them to take it all the way through to see what they really had. >> reporter:
in washington. >>> there are new questions this morning about the fbi agent who first took that initial complaint from jill kelly. we have learned the agent was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to concerns he had become personally involved. he reached out to a member of congress when he thought the e-mail investigation was not moving quickly enough. >> could this get any messier? wow. >> thinking, yes. >>> defense secretary leon panetta made his comments about petraeus' decision to resign as the nation's top spot. according to panetta -- i think he took the right step and i think it's important when you're director of the cia with all the challenges that face youen that position that personal integrity comes first and foremost. >>> yeah, secretary of defense, leon panetta and the president agreed, general john allen was up for a promotion. going to become the united states european command and supreme allied commander. that nomination is going to be delayed again. general john allen denies any wrongdoing with jill kelly, the e-mails, 20,000 to 30,000 dating back t
. >>> and as the widening scandal spreads to general allen, fbi agents swoop down on the home of the biographer who had the affair with petraeus. >>> and wanted man. police on the hunt for software pioneer, john mcafee. >>> and brace for landing. the jet that ran out of runway and careened straight toward a busy highway. a camera capturing this very close call. >>> good tuesday morning. we have a lot to sort through. a new bombshell in the growing scandal surrounding david petraeus, the man who replaced him as the top commander in afghanistan is now under investigation by the pentagon. >> general john allen is said to have sent thousands of inappropriate e-mails to jill kelly. she is the florida woman whose complaints to the fbi eventually led to petraeus' resignation. in a new twist to the david petraeus sex scandal, the pentagon says that the top commander in afghanistan, general john allen, is under investigation, for sending allegedly improper e-mails to jill kelly. kelly is the florida woman who triggered the investigation and ultimately forced petraeus to resign. the pentagon is reviewing between
,000 to 30,000 pages of e-mails, to jill kelly. >> the fbi agent you just mentioned has been removed from the case, for sending revealing pictures of himself to that whistleblower. the scandal is growing. and it's resolving around the actions of paula broadwell. one day, more stories leaking out. we'll try to clear it all up for you. >> continues to mushroom. martha raddatz starts out our full coverage from washington. she's been reporting on both generals for a decade. martha, this was stunning news after midnight. >> reporter: it's true. the scandal is more stunning every day. now, under investigation, the commander who replaced david petraeus in afghanistan, marine corps general john allen, who has apparently been exchanging e-mails with the woman at the center of the petraeus affair. this morning, the fbi probe into david petraeus' affair appears to have also ensnared his successor in afghanistan. the pentagon has now launched an investigation into, quote, potentially inappropriate e-mails between general allen and jill kelly, the petraeus family friend at the center of this increasin
friendly relationships with top military brass. the fbi traced those e-mails back to paula broadwell's computer, where they discovered the evidence of broadwell's affair with david petraeus. but it doesn't stop there. abc news has learned that general allen also received an anonymous e-mail traced to paula broadwell, painting jill kelley as a seductress. a further look by the fbi into kelley's e-mails revealed hundreds between kelley and allen, 20,000 to 30,000 pages of communications in all. but a source familiar with the e-mails say they contain no evidence of a sexual relationship, something allen strongly denied. instead, the e-mails are described as friendly, perhaps flirty, but routine, mostly about meetings with ambassadors and dinner parties. in one note kelley tells the general she saw him on tv. he responds, "thanks, dear, you're a sweetheart." many e-mails were from kelley to general allen's wife. the two couples were good friends. >> until someone proves otherwise, i believe that he did nothing inappropriate. >> reporter: today the white house says the president obama sti
number of e-mails allen exchanged with jill kelly, who sparked the fbi investigation into broadwell and petraeus, show no evidence of any sexual relations. but are friendly and, perhaps, a bit flirtatious. in one note, kelly telling allen, she saw him on tv. he responds, thanks, dear. you're a sweetheart. meanwhile, david petraeus' sudden departure as cia director, has created lots of questions on capitol hill. especially that looming issue, the attack in benghazi, on a cia facility there. some senators still want to question petraeus about what went wrong. >> i know that we're interested in hearing from him. probably in front of the intelligence committee, which i also sit on. >> reporter: it is possible that petraeus could eventually testify, george. but that will definitely not happen this week. >> congress ramping up the questions, even as the fbi continues to investigate possible crimes. and abc senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, has exclusive details on that. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, george. abc news has learned that paula broadwell, who alleg
-mails. what did she send out? >> enough to scare someone to call the fbi. >> right. >> okay. >> so that is i think, that will eventually. >> the bunny was next. >> that poor bunny. >> to think she may have had access to sensitive information. >> that's what makes it a news story. national security has become an issue. lots of questions. congress. >> during war time. >> yeah, yeah. crazy. now turn to images that are just incredible. in indianapolis, investigators say they have ruled out either a bomb or a meth lab as the cause of a big, huge, deadly explosion in that neighborhood. >> take a look, two people were killed in dozens of homes damaged or destroyed by the thunderous blast saturday night. a loud boom shook their homes, blew out windows and collapsed ceilings. some felt it 3 miles away. >> the windows and frames, everything came in through the house. and my wife started screaming. i didn't know what was going on. i thought some one was breaking in the house because, the alarm was going off the i just grabbed my gun started running around the house. i saw our front door was open. and t
threaten sheg went to the 00 fbi. new details of the high-profile mistress at the center of the case. >>> caught on tape. the deadly blast rips through home, people scrambling to escape. investigators racing to figure out what caused the explosion before it happens again. >>> water world. unbelievable new pictures of the entire city of venice under water. tourists and residents battling high seas almost waist high. the most famous landmark impacted right now. >> crews are in it! >> road rage, a massive fight breaks out at the races after a battle on the track. watch this, nascar legend jeff gordon deliberately rams right into a k3e9er. the drivers running after each other, breaking into a fist fight. >>> and good morning on this veterans day. robin is recover, of course, her father, one of the many veterans who served this country for so long. welcome back. >> thank you very much. >>> late friday, cia director david petraeus forced to resign after the fbi discovered his affair with paula broadwell. lots of questions of what the fbi did with the information. >>> and we have a major me
that decimated an entire neighborhood. >>> uncovered. a flood of new details this morning about how the fbi discovered the extramarital affair that brought down america's top spy as we learn more about the highly-accomplished woman at the center of this scandal. an exclusive interview with a wounded warrior who she helped. >>> black thursday backlash. holiday shopping season is starting earlier than ever with many stores opening their doors on thanksgiving offering better bargains. but now, some employees are fighting back. ♪ >>> and boyfriend no more. the headline gripping tween girls worldwide. the biebs is single. we have new pictures of a crestfallen ex-girlfriend selena gomez. a look at how other young couples have done after a breakup in the spotlight. ♪ >>> good morning, everybody. >> we warned you yesterday that this breakup was happening. now it's official. >> we're all absorbing the news. >> ron? >> ron, particularly. >> it's rough. >> rough. >>> we should say, we do have some holiday shopping news. not only as we mentioned before, not only is the holiday season starting early
commander in europe is on hold. an official told abc news, the fbi uncovered hundred if not thousand of e-mails between david petraeus and his biograph biographer, paula broadwell. many of them salacious in nature. earlier this summer, jill kelley received anonymous threat tenning e-mails the fbi traced to broadwell's computer. there they discovered evidence of her affair with petraeus. general allen received one e-mail traced to broadwell that claimed jill kelley was a seductress. the president was sur pried when he heard of the petraeus s situation last week. rob, paula, back to you. >> all right, thank you, kiren. >>> we are learning much more about the tampa socialite at the center of this scandal. jill kelley has a special license plate, designating her as an honorary consul. title given by korean embassy. but is carries no official responsibilities. nor does it grant any immunities or even pay a sty penned. though she has not been accused of any wrongdoing just yet. kelley hired a,000 top criminal defense attorney and signed on with a publicist. the same one hired by, yeah, wait for
chose to resign now. officials tell abc news, the fbi was investigates petraeus' biographer, paula broadwell, for strange activity on the internet and then some e-mails were discovered in the course of that investigation that raised concern. diane? >> martha raddatz reporting in. and now we go to abc's white house correspondent jake tapper here to tell us what the white house is saying tonight. jake? >> reporter: well, diane, senior white house officials tell us the overwhelming emotion here is surprise and, of course, sorrow, for a colleague and his family. white house officials were told about this on wednesday, the day after president obama was re-elected. they were told by the director of national intelligence, james clapper. on thursday, president obama was informed about this situation. the entire situation, the fbi investigation, as well as the affair. general petraeus called the national security adviser, said he wanted to talk to the president. at that meeting yesterday, he offered to resign. president obama thought about it and today called petraeus and accepted that resi
right, martha raddatz, thank you. >>> now, to the timeline, when this fbi investigation began, and new questions tonight about why the white house and congress did not hear of it until much later. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: sources tell abc news jill kelly considered those e-mails a threat not only to herself, but petraeus. after the fbi was contacted, and an investigation uncovered a sordid affair between petraeus and broadwell, there were early concerns that the cia director's security government e-mails could have been hacked. but the probe never turned up evidence of national security being compromised. what it did find was lots of human drama. key members of congress want to know why didn't they weren't told. >> we with received no advance notice. it was like a lightning bolt. consider top intelligence officials were not told until election day. the president was told the dale after. >> the president should have been told about it at the earliest date. >> reporter: >> the official complaint was harassment. it could have gone to e-
and contacts her friend, an fbi agent, who launches an investigation, but gets pulled off the case because he sent her a shirtless photo. meanwhile, the spy master's protege, also a general, has spent thousands of e-mails to the second woman. this isn't just a love triangle, folks. it's a love pentagon. >> he likes to take pictures of himself without his shirt and shoot them around to verarious people. and somehow he became involved with petraeus and the other generals and the cia thing. wait a minute. this rings a bell. oh, yes. at the fbi, j. edgar hoover used to do the same thing. except it was usually in a backless evening gown. >> yeah. >> president obama gave his first press conference since being re-elected. and a lot of people are saying it looked like he was trying to cover up some of his gray hair. so, i guess obama's major goals include jobs for women and just for men. >> by the way, if you're looking for a job, facebook just launched a new app that may be of use to you. they teamed up with the department of label to create what they call the social jobs app. you can brows through
holder is also under fire. having to answer questions as to why the fbi waited so long to,0to tell president obama the affair was being uncovered. >> we made the determination as we were going through the matter that was not a threat to national security. >> reporter: petraeus will first testify in front of the house this morning at 7:30 a.m. eastern time. he will then be quickly ushered to the senate side for his second testimony of the day. rob, paula. >> all right, sundland, thank you. an interesting report came out yesterday, too. that petraeus report lead through a source said that he knew almost immediately that this was a terror attack, not something in relation to that an i islam film obviously would be contradicting what we heard from white house officials and ambassador susan rice. it should be very interesting tomorrow what kind of time line he lays out. and when those assessments came in that this really was a terror attack. there were 20 reports said look related to the movie. look, we quickly proved those false. and we thought it was a terror attack. so it is -- take
up that the fbi would carry on this type of investigation without bringing it to the president or the highest levels of the white house. >> the choice of paula broadwell to write petraeus' biography did raise a new eyebrows, considering she had never written a book before. we'll have much more coming up on "good morning america." >>> there are now just 50 days until the new year. 50 crucial days for congress to figure out a way to keep the country from going over that so-called fiscal cliff and possibly plunging back into recession. with tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in january 1st, the stage is set for some serious washington drama. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: across the dials, the parties sounded like they could make a basis. >> i think there's a basis for the deal. >> i absolutely believe there is. >> we need to put politics aside. the election is over. >> reporter: it's the same tone we heard from major players. >> i'm open pro compho comproe myself. >> reporter: speaker boehner said they would have to avoid nasty fights and according to "the new y
was going to get away with it. it seems to me. he agoage noed to to the fbi the affair and went on a six-nation tour to the region, went to libya, looked at his own benghazi investigation. he didn't decide to resign until james clapper asked him to resign. >> until it became public. the fbi calls you and says, we know this, you know this, no one else knows this, you're operating on one -- >> congressman becerra, get in the middle between those guys. >> there was a personal failing, a deep severe personal failing. does it break into the realm of the public world, the responsibilities that -- >> what about judgment? what about judgment. >> well, that's surely the point. >> isn't this the bottom line here. >> the american people are not moralous about this. they never gave up their affection for and job approval of bill clinton. this is a question of you want your cia director to have good judgment, is that asking too much? and this was obviously a case of bad judgment. there's a -- i would hope, by the way -- >> should it just be the cia director or anybody? where do you draw the line? >>
and the fbi and the cia are expected to brief lawmakers on exactly what they know about the petraeus scandal. that's going to happen later today. >>> the growing scandal is sure to be one of the big topics discussed with president barack obama's meeting with reporters today. it's the first since the resignation of director petraeus. president obama is also expected to get questions about the attack in benghazi that killed the u.s. ambassador to libya and also he'll be talking about the fiscal cliff. >>> as that deadline now inches closer, lawmakers continue fighting over how to resolve this so-called cliff. so what if they can't reach an agreement? according to a new "washington post"/pew research center poll, this was connected after the election, 53% of americans say the republicans and congress would be more to blame. 29% would say it would be president barack obama's fault and 10% believe the president and republicans would share the blame. the poll also found the majority of americans think we will go over that cliff before the end of the year. >>> since losing the election, mitt romn
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